Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Reality Check

“… The Kibera slum in Nairobi is home to between 500,000 and 800,000, living in cramped conditions of almost 3,000 per hectare. In September 2009 the UN-supported relocation of its first inhabitants finally got going – several years late. At this rate the programme (projected cost $1.2bn) will take 1,170 years to complete.” Jean-Christophe Servant writing

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

The People of the Largest Slum in Africa

Unsentimental–and to some even quite shocking–documentary film about the residents of Nairobi’s Kibera slum screened on Al Jazeera English.  (The opening few minutes are quite graphic, showing a new born baby.)

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Slum tourism

In Kibera, the large informal settlement in Nairobi, the residents are paraded like animals on safari for foreign tourists: The Dutch tourists came well prepared for the walking safari: strong shoes and sunscreen, backpacks and bottled water....